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Vanja Douglas, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-514-1575
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    University of California, San Francisco2004Gold Headed Cane Finalist
    University of California, San Francisco2007Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff
    University of California, San Francisco 2009Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching: Inpatient Care Setting
    University of California, San Francisco 2011Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
    University of California, San Francisco 2012Robert B. Layzer Award for Resident Teaching
    University of California, San Francisco 2013Sara & Evan Williams Foundation Endowed Neurohospitalist Chair

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    Vanja completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at UCSF. He joined the faculty in the Neurohospitalist Division of the Department of Neurology at UCSF in 2009, and has directed the division since 2017. Vanja spends most of his time seeing patients on the inpatient neurology consult and primary services at UCSF Health, is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents, and has won several teaching awards including the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching. Vanja directed the neurology clinical clerkship from 2011 to 2018, and in 2018 he became Associate Program Director for the UCSF adult neurology residency.

    Vanja's research interests are in how systems of care impact quality for neurology inpatients and in the prediction, prevention, and management of delirium. He helped develop of a comprehensive delirium care program at UCSF Health.

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    1. Mandel-Brehm C, Retallack H, Knudsen GM, Yamana A, Hajj-Ali RA, Calabrese LH, Tihan T, Sample HA, Zorn KC, Gorman MP, Madan Cohen J, Sreih AG, Marcus JF, Josephson SA, Douglas VC, Gelfand JM, Wilson MR, DeRisi JL. Exploratory proteomic analysis implicates the alternative complement cascade in primary CNS vasculitis. Neurology. 2019 Jul 30; 93(5):e433-e444. PMID: 31270218.
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    2. Wilson MR, Sample HA, Zorn KC, Arevalo S, Yu G, Neuhaus J, Federman S, Stryke D, Briggs B, Langelier C, Berger A, Douglas V, Josephson SA, Chow FC, Fulton BD, DeRisi JL, Gelfand JM, Naccache SN, Bender J, Dien Bard J, Murkey J, Carlson M, Vespa PM, Vijayan T, Allyn PR, Campeau S, Humphries RM, Klausner JD, Ganzon CD, Memar F, Ocampo NA, Zimmermann LL, Cohen SH, Polage CR, DeBiasi RL, Haller B, Dallas R, Maron G, Hayden R, Messacar K, Dominguez SR, Miller S, Chiu CY. Clinical Metagenomic Sequencing for Diagnosis of Meningitis and Encephalitis. N Engl J Med. 2019 06 13; 380(24):2327-2340. PMID: 31189036.
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    3. Rosendale N, Guterman EL, Betjemann JP, Josephson SA, Douglas VC. Hospital admission and readmission among homeless patients with neurologic disease. Neurology. 2019 Jun 11; 92(24):e2822-e2831. PMID: 31127074.
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    4. LaHue SC, Douglas VC, Kuo T, Conell CA, Liu VX, Josephson SA, Angel C, Brooks KB. Association between Inpatient Delirium and Hospital Readmission in Patients = 65 Years of Age: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Hosp Med. 2019 Apr; 14(4):201-206. PMID: 30933669.
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    5. Kvam KA, Douglas VC, Whetstone WD, Josephson SA, Betjemann JP. Yield of Emergent CT in Patients With Epilepsy Presenting With a Seizure. Neurohospitalist. 2019 Apr; 9(2):71-78. PMID: 30915184.
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    6. Wong A, Young AT, Liang AS, Gonzales R, Douglas VC, Hadley D. Development and Validation of an Electronic Health Record-Based Machine Learning Model to Estimate Delirium Risk in Newly Hospitalized Patients Without Known Cognitive Impairment. JAMA Netw Open. 2018 08 03; 1(4):e181018. PMID: 30646095.
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    7. Wilson MR, O'Donovan BD, Gelfand JM, Sample HA, Chow FC, Betjemann JP, Shah MP, Richie MB, Gorman MP, Hajj-Ali RA, Calabrese LH, Zorn KC, Chow ED, Greenlee JE, Blum JH, Green G, Khan LM, Banerji D, Langelier C, Bryson-Cahn C, Harrington W, Lingappa JR, Shanbhag NM, Green AJ, Brew BJ, Soldatos A, Strnad L, Doernberg SB, Jay CA, Douglas V, Josephson SA, DeRisi JL. Chronic Meningitis Investigated via Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing. JAMA Neurol. 2018 Aug 01; 75(8):947-955. PMID: 29710329.
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    8. Kalantar K, LaHue SC, DeRisi JL, Sample HA, Contag CA, Josephson SA, Wilson MR, Douglas VC. Whole-Genome mRNA Gene Expression Differs Between Patients With and Without Delirium. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2018 07; 31(4):203-210. PMID: 29991314.
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    9. Wheat J, Myint T, Guo Y, Kemmer P, Hage C, Terry C, Azar MM, Riddell J, Ender P, Chen S, Shehab K, Cleveland K, Esguerra E, Johnson J, Wright P, Douglas V, Vergidis P, Ooi W, Baddley J, Bamberger D, Khairy R, Vikram HR, Jenny-Avital E, Sivasubramanian G, Bowlware K, Pahud B, Sarria J, Tsai T, Assi M, Mocherla S, Prakash V, Allen D, Passaretti C, Huprikar S, Anderson A. Central nervous system histoplasmosis: Multicenter retrospective study on clinical features, diagnostic approach and outcome of treatment. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 03; 97(13):e0245. PMID: 29595679.
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    10. Brown EG, Josephson SA, Anderson N, Reid M, Lee M, Douglas VC. Evaluation of a multicomponent pathway to address inpatient delirium on a neurosciences ward. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 02 12; 18(1):106. PMID: 29433572.
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    11. Hargrave A, Bastiaens J, Bourgeois JA, Neuhaus J, Josephson SA, Chinn J, Lee M, Leung J, Douglas V. Validation of a Nurse-Based Delirium-Screening Tool for Hospitalized Patients. Psychosomatics. 2017 Nov - Dec; 58(6):594-603. PMID: 28750835.
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    12. Brown EG, Josephson SA, Anderson N, Reid M, Lee M, Douglas VC. Predicting inpatient delirium: The AWOL delirium risk-stratification score in clinical practice. Geriatr Nurs. 2017 Nov - Dec; 38(6):567-572. PMID: 28533062.
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    13. Langelier C, Reid MJ, Halabi C, Witek N, LaRiviere A, Shah M, Wilson MR, Chin-Hong P, Douglas V, Kazacos KR, Babik JM. Baylisascaris procyonis-Associated Meningoencephalitis in a Previously Healthy Adult, California, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 08; 22(8):1480-4. PMID: 27434260.
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    14. Robbins NM, Shah V, Benedetti N, Talbott JF, Chin CT, Douglas VC. Magnetic resonance neurography in the diagnosis of neuropathies of the lumbosacral plexus: a pictorial review. Clin Imaging. 2016 Nov - Dec; 40(6):1118-1130. PMID: 27454861.
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    15. Guterman EL, Douglas VC, Shah MP, Parsons T, Barba J, Josephson SA. National characteristics and predictors of neurologic 30-day readmissions. Neurology. 2016 Feb 16; 86(7):669-75. PMID: 26791149.
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    16. Shah M, Douglas V, Scott B, Josephson SA. A Neurohospitalist Discharge Clinic Shortens the Transition From Inpatient to Outpatient Care. Neurohospitalist. 2016 Apr; 6(2):64-9. PMID: 27053983.
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    17. Josephson SA, Douglas VC. Hospitalist Neurology. Semin Neurol. 2015 Dec; 35(6):609. PMID: 26595860.
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    18. Brown EG, Douglas VC. Moving Beyond Metabolic Encephalopathy: An Update on Delirium Prevention, Workup, and Management. Semin Neurol. 2015 Dec; 35(6):646-55. PMID: 26595865.
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    19. Pastula DM, Burish M, Reis GF, Bollen A, Cha S, Ralph J, Douglas VC. Adult-onset central nervous system hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: a case report. BMC Neurol. 2015 Oct 14; 15:203. PMID: 26467435.
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    20. Zeng L, Josephson SA, Fukuda KA, Neuhaus J, Douglas VC. A Prospective Comparison of Informant-based and Performance-based Dementia Screening Tools to Predict In-Hospital Delirium. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2015 Oct-Dec; 29(4):312-6. PMID: 25350550.
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    21. Douglas V, Shamy M, Bhattacharya P. Should CT Angiography be a Routine Component of Acute Stroke Imaging? Neurohospitalist. 2015 Jul; 5(3):97-8. PMID: 26288667.
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    22. Horton JC, Douglas VC, Cha S. Reduced apparent diffusion coefficient in neuromyelitis optica-associated optic neuropathy. J Neuroophthalmol. 2015 Mar; 35(1):101-2. PMID: 25574902.
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    23. Chiovaro J, Douglas V, Gaggar A, Dhaliwal G. Exhausting the differential. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 May; 29(5):808-12. PMID: 24395100.
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    24. Kamel H, Betjemann JP, Navi BB, Hegde M, Meisel K, Douglas VC, Josephson SA. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in the medical and surgical intensive care unit. Neurocrit Care. 2013 Dec; 19(3):336-41. PMID: 22820998.
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    25. Betjemann JP, Nguyen I, Santos-Sanchez C, Douglas VC, Josephson SA. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in a general inpatient population. Neurodiagn J. 2013 Sep; 53(3):207-16. PMID: 24046969.
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    26. Douglas VC, Hessler CS, Dhaliwal G, Betjemann JP, Fukuda KA, Alameddine LR, Lucatorto R, Johnston SC, Josephson SA. The AWOL tool: derivation and validation of a delirium prediction rule. J Hosp Med. 2013 Sep; 8(9):493-9. PMID: 23922253.
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    27. Rubenstein JL, Wong VS, Kadoch C, Gao HX, Barajas R, Chen L, Josephson SA, Scott B, Douglas V, Maiti M, Kaplan LD, Treseler PA, Cha S, Hwang JH, Cinque P, Cyster JG, Lowell C. CXCL13 plus interleukin 10 is highly specific for the diagnosis of CNS lymphoma. Blood. 2013 Jun 06; 121(23):4740-8. PMID: 23570798.
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    28. Betjemann JP, Nguyen I, Santos-Sanchez C, Douglas VC, Josephson SA. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in a general inpatient population. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Apr; 88(4):326-31. PMID: 23541007.
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    29. Scott BJ, Douglas VC, Tihan T, Rubenstein JL, Josephson SA. A systematic approach to the diagnosis of suspected central nervous system lymphoma. JAMA Neurol. 2013 Mar 01; 70(3):311-9. PMID: 23319132.
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    30. Cassese T, Kaplan E, Douglas V, Dhaliwal G. Getting to the right question. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Sep; 28(9):1242-6. PMID: 23184311.
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    31. Douglas VC, Scott BJ, Berg G, Freeman WD, Josephson SA. Effect of a neurohospitalist service on outcomes at an academic medical center. Neurology. 2012 Sep 04; 79(10):988-94. PMID: 22914833.
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    32. Toossi S, Josephson SA, Hetts SW, Chin CT, Kralik S, Jun P, Douglas VC. Utility of MRI in spinal arteriovenous fistula. Neurology. 2012 Jul 03; 79(1):25-30. PMID: 22592367.
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    33. Douglas V. A message from the editor in chief. Neurohospitalist. 2012 Apr; 2(2):45. PMID: 23983862.
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    34. Hetts SW, Moftakhar P, English JD, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Lawton MT, Douglas VC, Halbach VV. Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas and intrathecal venous drainage: correlation between digital subtraction angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical findings. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 May; 16(5):433-40. PMID: 22324803.
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    35. Josephson SA, Douglas VC. Neurohospitalist: A newly popular career choice. Neurol Clin Pract. 2011 Dec; 1(1):55-60. PMID: 29443285.
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    36. Douglas VC, Josephson SA. Altered mental status. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2011 Oct; 17(5 Neurologic Consultation in the Hospital):967-83. PMID: 22809977.
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    37. Douglas VC, Neuhaus J, Johnson JK, Racine CA, Miller BL, Josephson SA. Dementia=(MC)2: a 4-item screening test for mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2011 Jul-Sep; 25(3):220-4. PMID: 21566510.
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    38. Douglas VC. A message from the editor in chief. Neurohospitalist. 2011 Jan; 1(1):4. PMID: 23983830.
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    39. Douglas VC, Josephson SA. A proposed roadmap for inpatient neurology quality indicators. Neurohospitalist. 2011 Jan; 1(1):8-15. PMID: 23983832.
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    40. Woolley J, Douglas VC, Cree BA. Neuromyelitis optica, psychiatric symptoms and primary polydipsia: a case report. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2010 Nov-Dec; 32(6):648.e5-8. PMID: 21112466.
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    41. Burnett MM, Hess CP, Roberts JP, Bass NM, Douglas VC, Josephson SA. Presentation of reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome in patients on calcineurin inhibitors. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2010 Dec; 112(10):886-91. PMID: 20800343.
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    42. Kim AS, Sidney S, Bernstein AL, Douglas VC, Johnston SC. Urgent neurology consultation from the ED for transient ischemic attack. Am J Emerg Med. 2011 Jul; 29(6):601-8. PMID: 20825839.
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    43. Douglas VC, Josephson SA. Delirium. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2010 Apr; 16(2 Dementia):120-34. PMID: 22810284.
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    44. Josephson SA, Douglas VC, Lawton MT, English JD, Smith WS, Ko NU. Improvement in intensive care unit outcomes in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage after initiation of neurointensivist co-management. J Neurosurg. 2010 Mar; 112(3):626-30. PMID: 19731990.
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    45. Douglas VC, DeArmond SJ, Aminoff MJ, Miller BL, Rabinovici GD. Seizures in corticobasal degeneration: a case report. Neurocase. 2009 Aug; 15(4):352-6. PMID: 19544144.
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    46. Douglas VC, Tong DC, Gillum LA, Zhao S, Brass LM, Dostal J, Johnston SC. Do the Brain Attack Coalition's criteria for stroke centers improve care for ischemic stroke? Neurology. 2005 Feb 08; 64(3):422-7. PMID: 15699369.
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    47. Elkins JS, Douglas VC, Johnston SC. Alzheimer disease risk and genetic variation in ACE: a meta-analysis. Neurology. 2004 Feb 10; 62(3):363-8. PMID: 14872014.
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    48. Douglas VC, Johnston CM, Elkins J, Sidney S, Gress DR, Johnston SC. Head computed tomography findings predict short-term stroke risk after transient ischemic attack. Stroke. 2003 Dec; 34(12):2894-8. PMID: 14615614.
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    49. Aszterbaum M, Epstein J, Oro A, Douglas V, LeBoit PE, Scott MP, Epstein EH. Ultraviolet and ionizing radiation enhance the growth of BCCs and trichoblastomas in patched heterozygous knockout mice. Nat Med. 1999 Nov; 5(11):1285-91. PMID: 10545995.
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